Copyright © 2008 Linda Apple
Appletree Hollow Fantasy Series
oil on canvas – 6″×8″-
Original for SALE on my Applearts website
I began the fantasy series of “Appletree Hollow” paintings over two years ago. Some of their personal story is based (loosely) on actual historical facts. You can read about the Discovery of Appletree Hollow in 2007 in my latest Journal entry
Reginald Biggs: Infantry soldier in the Civil War
Was born in Germany in 1843 and arrived at Appletree Hollow in 1845, where he learned the cooper’s trade (making large wooden casks) from his father. However, it proved so injurious to his health that he was compelled to seek other means of livelihood.
He became a very proud and determined young man, and on August 14, 1862, at only 19 yrs. of age, he enlisted in Company F, One Hundred and Sixth regiment, Ohio volunteer infantry, which I assume is when this photo was taken. He served two years, taking part in several prominent engagements, and was captured and held prisoner for a short time. After his return, he became a brakeman on the old Marietta & Cincinnati railroad. In Sept, 1872, while engaged in the always hazardous work of “braking,” he met with an accident, which put an end to his career as a railroader. He rallied, however, and sent himself to learn telegraphy. After mastering this useful accomplishment he worked as an operator for a year, and then abandoned the “ticker” to become interested in the development of coal and clay lands in Jackson and Vinton counties. This finally led him to return to Appletree and build a coal furnace.